During 2021, GRASP reached key milestones as set out in the 2021 Action Goals.
Care Packs - Care Packs were designed by GRASP to provide comfort and love to people presenting to Gladstone ED in suicidal distress. GRASP drafted a funding application and successfully received $1000 from the Port Curtis Gladstone Rotary Club to deliver care packs. Approval was sought from the Gladstone Hospital. 50 care packs were delivered to the hospital in August 2021, and another 70 were provided in December 2021. Care Packs have been well received with positive feedback from consumers and hospital staff. The Rotary Club have committed to provide ongoing funding. This will remain a key goal for GRASP to improve emergency experiences for those waiting to see a mental health clinician.
Meetings & Membership - GRASP meetings were held every month and promoted widely throughout the community. Membership continuously evolved and grew throughout 2021 with many new, passionate members joining the network bringing a broad diversity of experience and expertise.
Events - GRASP supported several community events throughout 2021 creating community awareness, providing free suicide prevention resources, and building GRASP visibility. This included R U OK Day ‘Turning the Region Yellow’ Initiative, Suicide Prevention Week Nightclub Precinct BBQ with the Chaplain Watch, the Out of the Shadows Walk, Ride4Lives Suicide Awareness Family Fun Day, Headspace Opening Day, and the Mental Health Week Mindcare Community Connection Event.
Coffee Cup Sticker Campaign - Funds raised from the Nightclub BBQ were used to promote love and awareness through coffee cup stickers across the community. During Mental Health Week 2021, 1000 coffee cup stickers were distributed across 4 local cafes including the Hospital Café. The ‘You are Loved’ stickers delivered a positive message to the community. Positive feedback was received from the community and café staff. To continue the positive ‘You are Loved’ message and reach those in need during Christmas, a further 300 stickers were purchased and distributed by the Gladstone Food Centre on crisis food hampers.
Members Polo Shirts - During 2021, GRASP designed and ordered their own unique group polo shirts. Shirts have been worn at all community events to raise awareness of suicide and increase GRASP visibility and profile.
Social Media Presence - GRASP continues to improve social media presence. Facebook and Instagram were utilised in 2021 to share activities during Suicide Prevention Week and Mental Health Week.
Suicide Prevention Training & Workshops - GRASP actively supported several training courses held in Gladstone throughout 2021 including SafeTalk, ASIST, Mental Health First Aid, Standby Pathways to Care and What Do I Say, What Do I Do Bereavement course.
Acknowledgement of Country
Gladstone MindCare acknowledge the Byellee, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang and Taribelang Bunda people who are the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate, and their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures and to Elders past, present and emerging.
Acknowledgement of LGBTIQ Communities
Gladstone Mindcare pays respect to LGBTIQ communities who have worked to support the improved health and wellbeing of their peers, children, families, friends and country. We celebrate the extraordinary diversity of people’s bodies, genders, sexualities and relationships that they represent.